This program is related to the exhibition the future of the new york metropolitan area the fourth regional plan from transportation to affordable housing to climate resilience cities across the world are discovering unique ways to become smarter and more sustainable. Cities generate over 80 per cent of gross domestic product in many countries in asia and the pacific and are engines of economic growth that have lifted millions from poverty this economic growth is accelerating rural to urban migration asias cities will become home to another 11 billion people in the next two decades as the poor continue to be drawn to better opportunities. Goal 11 sustainable cities and communities more than half of the worlds population now live in urban areas by 2050 that figure will have risen to 65 billion people two thirds of all humanity sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces. Bert kuby european committee of the regions recalled that the united nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development and its 17 sustainable development goals need the mobilisation of all stakeholders with regions and cities having a key role to play. The photo is also a reminder that cities are made of people any set of solutions for sustainable cities will have to make sense to a citys inhabitants who tread its streets daily in other photos the aspiration is palpable many of the photographers are nationals of developing countries from all over the world
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